Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team. Photo by Jon Sharp
Founded in 1953, the third official mountain rescue team in the Lake District, Cockermouth is responsible for mountain rescue in the Buttermere, Ennerdale, Lorton and Loweswater areas. Although the work is mainly on the fells, the Team is also often called to assist with such things as urban searches, swift water rescue and occasional major disasters.
There are currently forty members who give their time freely and who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These members come from a cross-section of backgrounds and occupations. Three of the members are doctors. Four team members also have search and rescue dogs. There is an average of forty to fifty call-outs a year. In 2002, following an intensive fundraising campaign, the Team was fortunate enough to be able to move into a new purpose-built headquarters in Station Road, Cockermouth (see above). The Team is solely funded by voluntary contributions.
If you wish for further information and to see the Team in action, look at the web-site www.cockermouthmrt.org.uk
Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team at the Cockermouth Georgian Festival.